The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is coming back albeit with a new name and refurbished. The news of the fire-plagued device's return was confirmed by the Korean tech giant before the month of March ended.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 returns possibly with a new name and as a refurbished device. Even before the launch of its new flagship smartphone Galaxy S8, Samsung announced it will recycle its Note 7 devices. The company's plans involve salvaging components such as the camera and semiconductors, gathering metal parts, and selling the device as refurbished where it is applicable.
It should be noted that Samsung initially announced that it would do away with the Note 7 and did not actually have plans to repair and sell the device as refurbished after saying that it would stop producing it due to the smartphone catching fire due to overheating. That announcement was made last fall. Now, the Korean tech giant has said that it will work with authorities and carriers to distribute the refurbished device.
According to website TechCrunch, an unnamed Samsung spokesperson confirmed that the refurbished devices will not be offered for sale or rental in the United States. It is currently unknown how many units of the refurbished device will be made available and to what country. It is speculated that the Note 7 will come with a smaller battery to avoid instances of overheating and exploding.
Samsung's plans to recycle the Galaxy Note 7 come after the Korean tech giant came under fire from Greenpeace protestors at the 2017 Mobile World Congress (MWC). The protestors demanded to know what the company intends to do with the over 4.3 million recalled units of the smartphone. In a blog post about the announcement, Greenpeace wrote, "Samsung's announcement is the first step to show its effort to set a new path for recycling smartphones starting with Note 7s."